Man arrested in Pimpama over serious passport fraud charges

A 56-year-old man has been arrested at a home on the northern Gold Coast following a joint investigation into allegations of identity, visa, citizenship and passport fraud.

The man was taken into custody in the early hours of Wednesday, after Australian Federal Police and Australian Border Force executed a search warrant at a house in Pimpama.

During the raid, investigators seized a number of items from the home.


The man appeared at the Southport Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday before he was extradited to appear before Parramatta Local Court today in relation to an outstanding arrest warrant for passport fraud charges.

ABF Investigations Commander Graeme Grosse said the operation highlighted how seriously the ABF treated cases involving alleged visa and citizenship fraud.

“The ABF is resolutely focused on combatting attempts to fraudulently obtain Australian citizenship or to compromise the integrity of our migration system. We work closely with all relevant agencies to target those who seek to engage in such activities,” Commander Grosse said.

Charges relating to identity fraud can carry penalties of up to 10 years imprisonment and/or $210,000 fine.

The joint investigation remains ongoing.

Shanee is a full-time Digital Journalist and Social Media Content Producer. In 2014, Shanee graduated from Griffith University’s Gold Coast Campus with a Bachelor of Communications majoring in Journalism, Public Relations and Marketing. Since joining 1029 Hot Tomato, Shanee has been keeping you up to date with breaking news and everything Gold Coast on myGC. Shanee also writes and photographs for Peony & Page, a personal home, style and travel blog & Instagram alias she founded in 2015.

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